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Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants

Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
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Warner Music Group launches seed fund for startup investment

Universal Music Group has its ‘accelerator engagement network’ as well as an accelerator for its Capitol Music Group label; while Sony Music and Warner Music have their partnership with the Techstars Music accelerator....
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WMG to buy EMP Merchandising for $180m as standalone D2C unit

Warner Music Group has made a big move in the merchandise game, announcing plans to acquire German firm EMP Merchandising. The deal would see EMP becoming a standalone direct-to-fan business unit within WMG's artist-and-label...
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Jon Platt to leave Warner/Chappell amid rumours of Sony/ATV role

Warner/Chappell chairman and CEO Jon Platt will be stepping down from his role at the company, amid rumours that he could be the next boss of rival publisher Sony/ATV. “WMG is an amazing company. I’ve grown so much in...
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Warner Music Australia signs new influencer partnership

As influencer marketing continues to become a more-common part of the music-marketing landscape, Warner Music Australia has announced an interesting joint venture with talent agency Born Bred Talent.
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WMG appoints Alfonso Perez-Soto to Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa role

Warner Music Group is setting its sights on growth in more emerging markets. It has appointed Alfonso Perez-Soto as its new EVP of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Reporting in to WMG’s international boss Stu...
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WMG aims to be ‘leading label’ in China under new CEO there

Warner Music Group has a new boss in China, with Andy Ma promoted to CEO of Warner Music China and EVP of commercial business development, Greater China for the major label. He steps up from his previous post as chief...
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WMG talks streams as label shares Spotify windfall with artists

Warner Music has completed the set of major labels declaring their financial results for the second quarter of 2018, and it offered a similarly-positive growth story to its rivals. WMG’s revenues grew by 4.5% year-on-year...
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WMG buys pop-culture websites publisher Uproxx

Running music and pop-culture websites can be a precarious business in 2018, with the challenges of funding editorial through advertising revenue and/or subscriptions having seen many struggle. That hasn’t put Warner...
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Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’

Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI (Magic Numbers: How Can Data & Analytics Really Help The Music Industry?) and written by Music Ally, an afternoon of presentations and panel...
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WMG signs partnership to boost video advertising revenues

Warner Music Group has announced a new partnership, with Sony Pictures subsidiary Internet Media Services (IMS), which the label hopes will boost its advertising revenues in some under-monetised parts of the world. IMS...
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Music-streaming trends, from A&R to global/local evolution

At today’s Midem conference in Cannes, a pair of afternoon sessions at the event’s ‘Streaming Summit’ focused on some of the evolving trends around the music-streaming world. The first explored the question of...